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Is it your Hip or your Spine?Stewart G. Eidelson, M.D.
Many patients that see a doctor for hip pain thinking they have arthritis in their hip joint actually suffer from a condition known as "spinal stenosis." Unfortunately, the pain that can occur in the buttocks region can have its origin from the hip joint that connects the femur to the pelvis or from the lower portion of the spine.
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint. It will be very important to note whether there is associated "groin pain" that is more diagnostic of hip pathology especially when patient is walking. Usually.a simple examination by your doctor as well as taking an x-ray in the standing position of the hip joint will help determine if the hip ball-and-socket is worn out from natural aging.
Does Hip Pain Mean Surgery?
Most patients can be treated with medication and physical therapy without the need for surgery. In the less then 5% that need surgery, there are new procedures or replace the hip joint with metal, plastics, and ceramics to make up for the surface of the hip that has worn out.
Patients with lower spinal arthritis can also present with pain around the hip joint so your physician should also exam the spine and look at current x-rays to see if there is associated arthritis that can contribute to hip related pain. There are now an array of newer minimally invasive procedures such as the X-Stop for the spine or hip arthroscopy to look inside the hip joint. These procedures do not normally require an overnight stay in the hospital.
The goal of all surgical treatment is to reduce pain and restore a productive quality of life for patients with natural aging of the spine or hip joint.
Dr. Eidelson performs spine surgery at Leading Florida Hospitals.
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